The best gadgets you should invest in, based on your star sign

Let the stars and the planets guide you in making a purchase!



Some gadgets aren’t just these trinkets we play on the side or exhibit on our shelves. Many of us see these as investments that help improve certain aspects of our lives.

Nowadays, it’s easy to fall into trap of desiring every gadget you see out in the market. But we don’t really need all of it, ‘no? So this year, why not try to invest in a gadget you know you’ll use in the long run?

You can use your zodiac sign to help you guide your decision making. If you don’t want to be accountable for your purchases, you can always blame the stars and the planets.

Here are some recommendations you can consider or at least, give you an idea of what device you should invest in this year.

Pisces: JBL C50HI In-Ear Headphones with Mic

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Pisces tend to get lost in their little world — a daydream. It’s not a bad thing per se, especially for this sign where its strength lies in its imagination and creativity.

This year, amp up your artistic abilities and enjoy musing with your thoughts. Like the JBL C50HI In-Ear Headphones with Mic where you can enjoy music so good, you feel like you’re in another dimension — yet still lets you connect with the outside world.

Find your beat. Shop here.

Aries: Garmin Venu Sq

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Trailblazers. Trendsetters. These two words are what Aries is made of. These people are always actively pursuing a new goal, ready to start something new.

To accomplish these projects you’re initiating, it’s important to be on top of your health and fitness. How are you supposed to carry these plans into fruition if you don’t have the energy to go after them? Get in shape and let the adrenaline rush.

Equip yourself with a functional smartwatch to match your active lifestyle without worrying if it’s compatible with either Android or iOS. The Garmin Venu Sq doesn’t pick sides.

Check this watch. Shop here.

Taurus: XTREME Home 1.5L Electric Coffee Machine

Ah, the sign that wants the finest things in life. Tauruses are one of the most laid-back people, reveling in comfort through food and materialistic pursuits. For those who carry the sign of the Bull, a life that lets them enjoy their own kind of luxuries is a fine life.

And because you believe you deserve the finer things in life, how about getting an XTREME Home 1.5L Electric Coffee Machine to replicate those fine coffee you buy in stores? It’s time to serve yourself a delicious luxury. Every. Single. Day.

Get your little luxury. Shop here.

Gemini: Steelseries Arctis 7+

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Oh, we all know a Gemini. We all have that friend who has that “Oh, look! A butterfly!” energy. With a mind that excitedly jumps from one thing to another, a Gemini might be too much to handle. Hence, the slander.

This year, try to invest in a headphone like the Steelseries Arctis 7+ that improves your focus and concentration. Plenty of ideas are always welcome, but it also pays off to organize your thoughts for effective communication. And so people can understand you better.

Focus up. Shop here.

Cancer: instax mini Link

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Cancers love memories — whether it’s making or preserving them. Their sentimental nature helps them remember the moments that really matter. Without their good grasp of emotions, we’d probably be a pile of robotic blobs advancing towards the future.

Don’t mind what other people are saying! Too many emotions might be overbearing for some, but you can always channel it into something more creative. Perhaps, print your favorite memories through an instant printer like the instax mini Link? You can hang them on boards or put them inside a scrapbook!

Remember your memories all too well. Shop here.

Leo: Marshall Kilburn II Bluetooth Speaker

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Leos, leos, leos. It’s easy to spot a Leo even in a crowded room. Either they’re the center of the attention, commanding presence, being a little extra, or just mesmerizing people with their charm even if they sit quietly in a corner.

With a magnetic personality, many Leos get unwarranted attention and hatred from prying eyes. So much so that they tend to dim their own light for the sake of pleasing other people.

This year, step into your power and embrace yourself. Take the space and the attention you deserve, and let the world know. Have an accessory like the Marshall Kilburn II Bluetooth Speaker that commands a presence, just like you.

Shine bright. Shop here.

Virgo: eufy by Anker RoboVac G10 Hybrid

Home is where the heart is… unless it’s clean. It’s a rule that every Virgo lives by. These clean freaks are obsessed with organizing whatever is messy, so they feel in control and they have their sh*t together.

Nevertheless, they got it right. It’s easier to be productive and get your life together when you have a clean space. Take that cleanliness to the next level — the RoboVac G10 Hybrid can help you wipe the floor while you do other chores.

Multi-task better. Shop here.

Libra: Dyson Pure Cool Purifier Fan Tp00

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I can’t imagine a Libra who doesn’t care about looks — whether for themselves or the space they stay in. Aesthetic should always be on point because that’s how these people feel good about life in general.

As we spend more time prettifying our homes, it’s easy to get lost in the superficial scheme of things. But you must not forget that a beautiful place isn’t the end-all-be-all. Your space’s atmosphere can change the mood even if you have the perfect set of interiors.

Get a Dyson Pure Cool Purifier Fan Tp00 to make sure the air you breathe is safe and clean. Surely, it will transform your room and do wonders for your health.

Breathe easy. Shop here.

Scorpio: SVAKOM Alex Neo and Womanizer Premium 2

Intense and passionate Scorpios get so much slander, but we can’t blame them for having an abundance of energy to create. Artistically or sexually.

While a good cure to regulating your libido is putting the focus on sports and other creative activities, sometimes, you just need to let it all out. And not with anyone who you deem attractive.

Turn those excess energies to yourself and learn the art of self-pleasure. Maybe along the way, you’ll learn a thing or two about yourself.

Get the SVAKOM Alex Neo if you have a penis and the Womanizer Premium 2 if you have a clitoris.

P.S. If you’re in the Philippines, you can support local adult shops so you don’t have to go through customs where your toys will be seized. Trust me, I’ve been there.

Sagittarius: DJI Osmo Mobile 3

Sagittarians are known for being non-commital, always on the go to find the next adventure in life. Most of these people are here on earth to expand their horizons, enjoying life to the fullest and not settling easily.

And we agree: we shouldn’t settle because we shouldn’t be limiting ourselves. Now, go forth and record your adventures. Take that trip, book that ticket, drive around the country.

Don’t forget to use a gimbal like the DJI Osmo Mobile 3 so your videos are perfectly stabilized. And nice to look at when you upload them on Reels and/or TikTok.

Get a travel companion. Shop here.

Capricorn: Nintendo Switch OLED

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Authoritative. Goal-driven. Career-oriented. These Capricorns make for a reliable leader or a dependable teammate. They’re good with money and they work hard — they look like they have everything. Their only flaw probably would be making work their life.

A lot of these workaholics are on the verge of burnout, almost forgetting how to have fun. Of course, you are stubborn so you won’t take a vacation leave but if you wouldn’t take time off work, you’re bound to crash and burn.

Get a portable console like a Nintendo Switch OLED so you can take a break and feel a little less adult.

Make your inner child happy. Shop here.

Aquarius: LG PuriCare Wearable Air Purifier w/ VoiceON

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Aquarians love to be different. They can be edgy, inventive, and highly distinct — depending on the situation. Trust us, you can always spot an Aquarius trying to dazzle people with an extraordinary vibe, much like how Leos gracefully commands attention.

This is why, if you’re an Aquarius, you need to invest in a stylish accessory that lets you stand out against the crowd. When everyone is still wearing a fashionable cloth mask or a safer KN95 mask, take things up a notch and wear a high-tech mask.

The LG PuriCare Wearable Air Purifier w/ VoiceON keeps you protected from the virus, helps you breathe easily and prevents your skin from getting maskne, and lets you communicate with people while keeping your mask on.

Stay safe stylishly. Shop here.

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How to watch the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023

PPVs, apps to download, more



File Photo: Watching FIBA basketball


The FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 tips off on August 25. It offers hoops fans the ultimate experience to see the sport’s best global stars.

No less than Gilas Pilipinas will do its best to represent the Philippines proudly at home. Hundreds of thousands are expected to watch the prestigious event in-person from August 25 to September 10.

For those who do not have the luxury of attending live, there are still various ways to watch the World Cup. You can use whatever device from wherever location you’re from.

Here’s a quick rundown:


For Cignal TV prepaid and postpaid subscribers, a one-time Pay-Per-View fee of PhP 650 entitles viewers to all 92 games of the FIBA World Cup in both SD (Ch. 198 and 199) and HD (Ch. 298 and 299).

They will come commercial-free and with access to exclusive FIBA content such as documentaries and highlights of previous tournaments.

For people mainly interested in Gilas Pilipinas games, TV5 is the surefire way to catch the action. The channel is accessible for free via CignalPlay and via any way you access free TV, like digiboxes.

Smartphones, tablets

For smartphone and tablet users, there are a handful of streaming apps that will show the World Cup games live and on demand.

Cignal’s novel streaming platform, Pilipinas Live will show all 92 games for a PhP 99 a month subscription.

Unlike cable subscriptions, this rate does not have a lock-in period. A month would be enough since the World Cup runs from August 25 to September 10. You can cancel afterwards.

Games will also be shown on the Smart Livestream app for FREE. To watch all 92 games, Smart subscribers simply have to connect to a Smart mobile data, TNT or PLDT WiFi while using the Smart LiveStream App. The app is downloadable on the App Store and Google Play Store.

Speaking of Gilas, Smart has a prepaid Gilas Power subscription promo which is inclusive of 78GB of total data, including a fixed allocation for the Livestream app and open access data good for a month.

More details here.

PC and laptops

For PC and laptop users, the best workaround is availing of CignalPlay Premium, which starts at just PhP 75 monthly, inclusive of most channels you’re used to seeing on cable TV from movies to sports to news channels and more.


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Inside Manila’s walled city

Through the lens of the HONOR 90 5G



HONOR 90 Intramuros

There’s something inexplicable when you set foot inside Intramuros, also known as Manila’s walled city.

Historical buildings and landmarks continue to stand the test of time, becoming a home to cultural pursuits and a display of Manila’s rich history.

Every nook and cranny picture a story that only shows when you take the moment to walk through its cobblestone alleys.

That je ne sais quoi of the walled city is indescribable with mere words.

HONOR 90 Intramuros

Yet, here are some attempts to capture its grandeur using the HONOR 90 5G, one afternoon stroll inside Intramuros.

Heritage bar

HONOR 90 Intramuros

First stop: Batala Bar! This heritage bar located in Plaza San Luis has always been a staple to our Intramuros strolls. Situated in front of San Agustin Church, the bar can be easily seen while traversing the cobblestones of General Luna Street.

HONOR 90 Intramuros

It’s a two-story bar serving craft beer, craft coffee, specialty ice cream, and delightful meals worth taking any time of the day.

HONOR 90 Intramuros

It also shares a space with the Philippine Artisan Trade Gallery on the second level, housing unique handmade products exclusive to the Philippines.

HONOR 90 Intramuros

There’s a balcony where you can enjoy the warmth of the afternoon sun while admiring the quietness of the city.

HONOR 90 Intramuros

On the other side, there’s an overlooking view of the fountain in Plaza San Luis. You can also get a glimpse of Casa Manila, a living museum of what life as an affluent Illustrado looked like in the past.

HONOR 90 Intramuros

It’s a glance at an opulent life from centuries ago. The architecture and intricate details served as a photo opportunity for the ‘gram.

Good food, good company

HONOR 90 Intramuros

What’s good food without company? GadgetMatch’s Philippine team was out for a late lunch with our jet-setter and freelance journalist friend, Ayano Tominaga.

HONOR 90 Intramuros

While waiting for our meals, we ordered a seasonal fruit shake. Batala bar served us a dragon fruit shake — which was currently in season — blended with banana and milk. It’s best to cool down from the scorchingly hot weather with a tasty, ice-cold blended beverage!

I ordered a Tinapa Puttanesca. It’s a linguine pasta savored in homemade red sauce, capers, olives, and of course, Tinapa. ICYDK, Tinapa is a smoked fish usually made from blackfin scad or milkfish.

On the other hand, Martynne ordered a Shiitake Aglio Olio. It’s an oil-based pasta cooked with tomato, paprika, and chili flakes, and topped with vegan parmesan, basil, and lemon.

Meanwhile, Vincenz ordered a Pollo Quesadilla. It’s basically chopped chicken adobo stuffed with mozzarella cheese, red onion, pickled chili, and tomato salsa.

Rodneil and Ayano ordered Bomba Longga Silog, which is loosely translated as a bomb Spanish sausage with fried rice and egg. It really is a bomb, though!

The homemade skinless Spanish sausage tasted delicious, served alongside a sunny-side-up egg, pickled vegetables, and garlic rice. It simply is a good pick-me-up order, any time of the day.

Ice cream, anyone?

Given that the Philippines is basically a tropical country that has summer weather all year round, Batala Bar is a good spot to cool down after a long walk inside Intramuros.

HONOR 90 Intramuros

They serve homemade ice cream that even I, a lactose-intolerant kiddo, can’t resist.

Rodneil and Ayano shared one serving of Banana Split Sundae, which melted in just a few minutes. That’s how hot that day was.

Making my way downtown

After our merienda, we walked alongside General Luna Street to head over to Fort Santiago, a citadel where the Philippines’ national hero, Jose Rizal, was imprisoned before.

Of course, it’s not a quick walk across a few blocks. Martynne took the chance to have her photos taken by yours truly.

We also stopped by the Manila Cathedral and got some bottled water in the shade of trees situated in Plaza Roma, a public square in Intramuros.

While everyone was hydrating, Martynne posed in front of the cathedral. I played around with the wide-angle lens to make the shot somewhat touristy. Let’s pretend we’re not always in Manila.

Hidden cafe!

After queueing to get to Fort Santiago, we made our way to the hidden cafe tucked in the corners of the defense fortress. Papakape, which had its first branch as a glass house cafe in Makati, opened its doors inside Fort Santiago.

It’s situated inside a 400-year-old water cistern, extended with an al fresco garden seating.

The interiors, albeit quite small, are as cozy as any home.

Bayongs, traditional handwoven bags made of dried leaves, are displayed in the corner along with a wooden guitar.

Another corner seemed pretty for a spot to read and write, what with the cozy lamp and table facing a brick wall.

Papakape offers a few, good coffee that we thoroughly enjoyed. We tried the Black Gulaman Americano, an espresso-based drink with pandan syrup, grass jelly, and basil seeds.

The same drink that Canadian Singer-songwriter Carly Rae Jepsen drank when she visited Papakape early this year.

Another signature drink is called Tahoat, a combination of Taho (Silken Tofu mixed with Brown Sugar Syrup and Sago Pearls) and Oatmilk.

Of course, it’s also espresso-based and instead of purely silken tofu, it used soy curds and tapioca pearls.

Capping it off

Intramuros puts on a different face when the sun sets and the night fills the street. We decided to call it a day and part ways after having good laughs and conversations inside the walled city.

But before that, we took one last glance at the outdoor seating in Papakape. It hits differently when you enjoy the drink in total silence, completely disconnected from the hustle-bustle of Manila and the hubbub of the tourists flocking the defense fortress.

We also didn’t pass up an opportunity to do a photo-op inside the ruins. For the ‘gram, remember?

And what’s a day without a sunset photo? Overlooking the Pasig River and Manuel A. Roxas Memorial Bridge, the sunset allowed us a moment to recollect our thoughts and memories.

It was a good day filled with good food, conversations, sight, story, and company.

Before we get off Fort Santiago, here’s a night shot of a tree adorned with pretty lamps at night. Maybe, just maybe, we’ll take you on another tour. Perhaps, Intramuros After Dark?

An exquisite camera

The HONOR 90 5G is an excellent midrange smartphone equipped with a superb camera system that will let any user capture sights and stories. It’s certainly a device worth using, not just for the ‘gram, but for capturing your daily life.

Pre-order HONOR 90 5G from August 16-25, 2023 for only Php 24,990 and Get a FREE JBL Flip 6 worth Php 7,499 until supplies last! Get it via Shopee, Lazada, or TikTok Shop.

This feature article is a collaboration between GadgetMatch and HONOR Philippines.

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Disconnecting in Taiwan with the Canon EOS R8

Much needed time away from home



Taiwan Canon EOS R8

Nowadays, my stress comes from the fact that living in the Philippines can be overwhelming. Honestly, so much of my energy in the day goes to the hybrid work setup plus attending to responsibilities within the household. Not to mention, there’s not much that the metro could offer as a respite for the working professional. You’d think that short breaks will be of use when every day is just a greater grind than the day before.

So, along with the group of people I consider as my family outside home, I decided to give myself that long-needed trip overseas. Obviously, we booked the tickets way before and I needed to make sure that I would use this time to be away from home for a while; to disconnect, if you will. Of course, just to make sure I keep the memories safe, I’m bringing the Canon EOS R8 with me.

We departed from Manila, and was finally en route to a small, bustling island known simply as Taiwan.

The sights within the streets

Taiwan Canon EOS R8

My significant other and I had a game plan on how to completely maximize one week in Taiwan. This while also considering I still had work to do.

Part of the itinerary was to explore as much of the Taipei area. This includes every nook and cranny that presented itself. With the Canon EOS R8, this was pretty easy.



Needless to say, I looked like I was gathering memories of the simple streets that the country had to offer. 

The food we got to eat

Part of any person’s journey to another country is trying out all the food that’s out for the tasting. Fortunately in Taiwan, there was an abundance of establishments and food spots that you simply cannot miss.

Of course, as working professionals, you can’t help but try your luck at some cafes in the area, and there were a lot of them.

The EOS R8 enabled me to capture some of the food I got to try with near-perfect detail. Even the most minute detail on specialized caffeinated drinks became the highlight of the photos I took. Although, it wouldn’t be as quick and easy to get the perfect shot compared to using a powerful smartphone. 

The attractions we got to experience

Taiwan Canon EOS R8

It wouldn’t be a trip to another country without going everywhere and anywhere that stands out to us. In my case, apart from the streets, it’s the grand attractions that even the most typical of tourists visit. Considering that most of these are attractions even during night time, this would be the perfect opportunity to see if the EOS R8 stacks up.





During the entire time I was in Taiwan, most of the mornings were pretty cloudy so daytime shots had a dimness to them.

Taiwan Canon EOS R8

At some point in the day, it rained and you can imagine how difficult it is to bring a camera with a long camera lens to boot.

Still, the shots I took looked pretty decent and no details were sacrificed.

Night time shots and even photos in less than favorable lighting conditions were good enough.

Shifting to Manual Focus gave me the opportunity to create the near-perfect conditions to take quality night shots within Taiwan’s well-known night markets.

Also, since the Museum of Contemporary Art had an exhibition under rather low-light conditions, I also gave it a shot.

The company you’re with

Taiwan Canon EOS R8

One great thing I appreciated about this trip was the fact that I was with great company all throughout.

Sure, there was only like one full day wherein we all had one place in mind, but it was worth it!

Taiwan Canon EOS R8

Because I had the EOS R8 for the trip, I became the group’s photographer whenever possible.

Taiwan Canon EOS R8

In a way, we all needed the disconnect from going through our usual routines back in Manila. Even though most of us still had work to do during the last few days before heading home, it felt refreshing. Plus, I think it allowed us to get work done faster to enjoy the trip as much as we can!

Heading home

Taiwan Canon EOS R8

After one whole week of walking around, taking beautiful pictures and having delicious meals, it was time. An early morning flight back to Manila was waiting for us at the airport, which was honestly just a handful of train stops away from the main Taipei area. Unfortunately, the Canon EOS R8 was already tucked inside my luggage and I didn’t have enough time to pull it out once we got to the airport.

Canon EOS R8

Although, what I do appreciate about it is how compact it can be when storing it inside. Despite having a rather wide body and with a long camera lens, it doesn’t take up too much space. In my case, it was better to tuck it inside a carry-on with bubble wrap and reinforced with soft clothing. After a few hours and a delay in our flight time, we arrived in Manila and returned to the heat of the world.

For trips like these, having both the Canon EOS R8 and a smartphone of choice allowed me to capture beautiful yet short-lived moments in time. Whether we were inside closed spaces or exploring the natural attractions, it grabs everything in full detail with the proper adjustments. I would consider this as a must-have for anybody looking to travel anywhere they want; just make sure you make space and take care of it while you’re out.

SEE: Elevate your vlogging: Canon announced EOS R8, R50 cameras

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